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DAVID DALLAS: Remembering the courage of Dr. King

by Published: January 21,2015

Tags: Business, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mississippi, NEWS

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am reminded of our family’s connection to Dr. King. My father’s uncle ran a small print shop in downtown Jackson during the 1960s. His shop printed copies of Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham City Jail,” prior to it ever being published in newsprint. It was a favor […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Higher ed boards face leadership choices

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, education, Eric Clark, Hank Bounds, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds has accepted the job as president of the University of Nebraska system. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College system, has announced he will retire this year. So both the IHL Board of Trustees and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) find themselves seeking new leaders.   The IHL […] [...]

FROM THE GROUND UP WITH PHIL HARDWICK: The 7 steps to being a leader for a year

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

If you have been selected as the leader of a nonprofit organization there are seven steps to making it one of the best years ever for the organization and for you. Whether your organization is local, statewide or national these steps, when taken in order, can be the framework for leading your group. 1. Understand […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: Jamison gives an exploration of empathy from many angles

Leslie Jamison’s arresting collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, graced more than one “best of” list at the end of 2014. After reading it, I can see why. It’s original, often challenging, and ultimately thought provoking. Not surprisingly, the quest to understand empathy – what it really means and how we come to experience it […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Colby Lane proves that being ready is a great trait

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

A common trait I have found in successful leaders is a commitment to preparation.  Benjamin Franklin noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  On game day, well prepared athletes make it look easy.  However, we know that hours of hard work went into getting ready.  Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant explained, […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: PR resolutions: 15 sayings to give up in 2015

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

As we launch into 2015 and embark on another year of public relations, marketing, advertising and branding, let’s take a look at the phrases that cluttered our media pitches last year. The Spin Cycle hopes this list gets shared by every PR department, agency and company serious about building their brand in the marketplace. Inspiration […] [...]

ELIZABETH BARBER — Restoring Mississippi’s coast is an economic imperative

  In this season of New Year’s resolutions, we all look to the year ahead and think about what we can do better. As we enter 2015, my mind is on a few important dates – including the five-year anniversary of the BP oil spill on April 20th – and how Mississippi leaders, communities, and […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Proper, pointed, precise, purposeful response shortens the sales cycle

by Published: January 15,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, column, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

How do you respond to your customer’s words and barriers? The answer is: CAREFULLY, TRUTHFULLY, and with AUTHORITY. Whether it’s a bold statement in response to a challenge, or a it’s promise you make in order to gain buyer confidence, or it’s a guarantee that provides the prospect with peace of mind, whether it’s an […] [...]

JACK WEATHERLY: GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI — Colonial Country Club, new job proof of the circle of life

Will we have to rethink our ideas on the rapture? Not a soul is at the Colonial Country Club of Jackson on a crystalline winter day. There appears to have been a sudden departure from the clubhouse. Computer monitors are on. A capped bottle of Coors Light sits on a bar. Stemmed glasses are out, […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The Bible belongs to Mississippi

Mark Twain once remarked that if Jesus were to come back the last thing he would be is a Christian. No doubt, Twain was commenting on the hypocrisy he saw in the Christian community of his time. If only Twain were alive today. He would surely relish in the joyful, loving and Christ-like behavior of […] [...]

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